China Commissions New Type 056 ‘Next-Gen’ Stealth Frigate

  • Our Bureau
  • 03:21 PM, March 12, 2013
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Amid growing territorial disputes with neighbors, China today commissioned its

‘next-gen’ stealth frigate.


The country's first "type 056" stealth frigate, formerly known simply as ship 582, was renamed Bengbu at a commission ceremony held in a naval port in Zhoushan, a coastal city in east China's Zhejiang Province, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.


Type 056 frigates are a new generation of vessels developed independently by China and expected to be deployed primarily for escort missions and anti-submarine operations.


Chinese navy has commissioned a new-type guided missile destroyer which can be independently used to attack enemies' ships and submarines, according to the report.


The ship named "Changchun" was commissioned recently at a military port of a troop unit in Zhoushan City of east China's Zhejiang province, state run People's Daily online reported.


China recently commissioned a new-type closed air defence guided missile destroyer with fully-load displacement of 6,000-odd tonnes.


It has greater long-range warning, detecting and regional air defence capabilities, and can be used independently or with other naval strength to attack enemies' surface ships and

submarines, said the official media.


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